Sixers' Ben Simmons named Eastern Conference player of week

Philadelphia's Marco Belinelli has the ball stolen by Atlanta's Taurean Prince right as John Collins looks on during the second half Tuesday night in Atlanta

Joel Embiid wears striking mask courtside, goes through shooting drills

Embiid and JJ Redick watched from the bench, Ben Simmons had a scoreless first half and the Philadelphia 76ers still won their 16th consecutive game, thumping the Milwaukee Bucks 130-95 Wednesday night to clinch the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. He went 6-of-13 from the floor while accounting for two steals and a block on the defensive end.

The 76ers' other rookie, 19-year-old point guard Fultz, stepped up to became the youngest player in National Basketball Association history to record a triple-double with 13 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds.

The 52-win Sixers will open the Eastern Conference playoffs against the sixth-seeded Heat.

In Sacramento, Willie Cauley-Stein had 22 points and 11 rebounds to help the Kings finish the regular season with a victory over Houston. It's definitely a confidence builder and just keep trying to build up going into the playoffs. Minnesota blew an eight-point lead in the final 4 1/2 minutes of regulation and trailed by one in OT before closing on a 9-2 run. He took part in the warmup wearing a mask to protect a broken bone in his face.

But the Bucks would have to wait on the results of Miami's matchup with Toronto and the Washington-Orlando game to lock in their playoff position and determine their first-round opponent. "There's a lot of accolades I want to get, but I ultimately want to win a ring".

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid says it's unlikely he'll be available for at least Game 1 of the playoffs this weekend. "With the way it's been progressing, I'm hopeful I'll be back soon".

Dario Saric led the hafltime scorers with 17 one day after suffering a lip laceration and a chipped tooth.

"We do stuff slowly", Brown said.

The rookie gave Sixers fans a taste of what is to come in the future with him on the court during the team's win against the Milwaukee Bucks last night, as he finished off the regular season and got himself into fantastic form for the important playoff games ahead by breaking an National Basketball Association record.

Wednesday's game was the first time since 1997 that two teams played on the regular season's final day with the victor advancing to the playoffs and the loser being ousted. The victory was their 16th in a row, their 23rd win in the last 24 games in Philadelphia and it secured the three seed in the East.

The Timberwolves advance to play Harden's Rockets in the first round. "It'll hit me, what happened".

LeBron James scored 10 points in just over 10 minutes before the Cavaliers absorbed a 110-98 loss to the Knicks.

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